I'm going to start out with the thing that had me screaming the most at the TV set last night, not counting the loud squeeeeeeeeeeeeee that had the neighbors calling the cops when House took off the Aloha Shirt and I was treated to the glory of the black t-shirt and oh-my-god the ARMS!!!
I've really, really, really tried not to jump on the Cameron-hate bandwagon, but I hope you'll join me in saying it slowly and loud: DIE, CAMERON DIE!
In this episode we got Nympho-Cam, Slut-Cam, Giggly-girl-Cam and BITCH-CAM and not one of them was the least bit appealing. I can tolerate high-horse, self-righteous, and even much as I hate her, Whiny-Cam, because I believe those are all elements we've seen in her chacter from the beginning and the writing/directing/acting made them all at the very least understandable, if not tolerable.
Apparently the aliens who replaced Wilson with a pod person during "Meaning" and "Cane & Able," have returned and there is an alien replacement wearing Cameron's vests. SHE SUCKS, and not in a good way, although I'm surprised we haven't actually seen that in action as well.
She's not funny. She's certainly not SEXY!!! (Whoever thinks the whole Wind-Blown Cam during the promos is hot, needs a serious reality check.) She's not particularly interesting. She's not a good doctor. She's not a good character. I honestly think she's hit rock bottom. The giggling literally made me want to re-enact my favorite scene from "Pink Floyd's The Wall." TAKE THAT YOU FUCKERS!
Being an utter bitch to Chase, when Jesse was making me care about him and believe he really is falling in love with her, despite knowing better? DIE AGAIN!
The only thing that would redeem this whole plot line and give it a reason to exist (IMAO) would be if we'd seen House tell Wilson, or have some indication that they'd made it one of their points of gossip. Maybe not as good as a tranny nurse, but something for them to share. Some way to let us know that H/W are back as a going concern instead of two whole episodes with no communication whatsoever. At least they were in touch during "Failure To Communicate."
A second choice would have been for Wilson to get in some kind of reaction when he was being "House,". House wouldn't just have his team giggling like idiots without giving them some shit for it. First or second season Wilson (you know, the one who got all interested in Stacy's file when he read the part about them not having sex) would have at least raised an eyebrow, gotten in a line, done something.
Which isn't to say I didn't love seeing an episode of "Wilson In Charge," apparently a continuation of his completely ludicrous coup from two weeks ago. I knew he was in trouble as soon as he said it was cancer, but it was really nice to see him being all dominant and doctory for a change. RSL looked much improved from the last few weeks and I think he seemed happy to be in the thick of things.
Nothing exciting on the slash side of things, except the bait and switch. Obligatory gay reference, and then make sure we know the boys aren't really like that, although House didn't tell us exactly what kind of porn he was watching in the hotel. I'm not objecting to Wilson/Hooker, although I'm still not sure he knows or cares that she is one. BUT if there's no follow up, and House never finds out, I'll be mightily pissed.
My fanfic brain is seeing Radio Cameron broadcasting the news to House, trying to get that same rise she got out of him with "I'm hitting that and it's totally hot," or doing it for the vindictive pleasure of knowing how House gets whenever he suspects Wilson is getting any and wants to try and wedge them apart. I may have to write something like that because conniving wench Cam is better than that inane giggling. I'd rather have Vogler and Tritter and stalker!bimbo and SRV back than ever hear that giggling again.
Best for last: House on a plane. In an Hawaiian Shirt. With a black t-shirt underneath. Being totally snarktastic. How much did I love the "mini-FCC team?" although as savemoony pointed out, why didn't he need a "mini-Wilson?" The mini-Chase was beyond adorable and the big version was doing an admirable job on the ground, aside from being screwed over by that wench.
The one thing that really came through to me last night is that Hugh Laurie is single-handedly making this thing work. I know the others (including Jen) are doing their best, and I know how good an actor RSL is, but it's becoming less ensemble-like, which it never was anyway. I feel like they're counting on Hugh to make mediocre scripts work through the sheer force of his personality, and he's doing it, but I that's a very dangerous way to run a TV show and those who aren't completely obsessed could lose interest very easily if they don't get the scripts themselves back up to at least 2nd season level.
I'm not ready to lose this show yet.